Versatile Spading Getting Noticed

College coaches from across the country, including Iowa State, Iowa and Northern Iowa, are starting to take notice of a two-way Iowa junior that already possesses a great mix of size and speed, and it could be just a matter of time before offers start piling in.

Belle Plaine Kyle Spading, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound tight end/defensive back gets mail on a daily basis from Division I programs, but he could really make his move this summer showing his skills at camps.

"The letters have been piling in from every state you can imagine lately," said Spading. "I just got one (Friday) from Kansas State, and I get one from Iowa almost every day. It started after signing day.

"Iowa, ISU, UNI, Kansas, Nebraska, Air Force, Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Stanford, Notre Dame and Colorado have sent me mail. I really like Iowa and ISU. I got the chance to visit ISU a couple weeks ago and they really have some nice facilities. I haven't been able to visit many of them, because I've been busy with other sports."

Spading says he'll likely attend camps in Ames and Iowa City, but that his summer schedule will be a busy one with his securing a spot on the Iowa Select AAU basketball team. The all-star basketball team will travel to tournaments in Dallas and Kansas City. Spading averaged 19 points this season for Belle Plaine and was a first-team all-conference player.

But it's clear that football will be his future sport at the next level. His future position, however, has yet to be determined.

"My quarterback liked me because I was a big target," Spading said. "They had me at flanker at the start of the season and moved me to tight end for blocking. Coach (Todd) Boland put me at safety, because he liked how I got to the ball quickly and saved some big plays. He could move me up to a defensive end or outside linebacker, and I can still make some plays."

Spading approached 500 yards receiving as a junior and added 200 rushing to go along with eight interceptions on defense. He ranked second on his team in tackles. It's his speed that has college coaches buzzing. Spading's 4.55 time in the 40 is the best of any player on his team, and he's still adding weight to his 6-5 frame.

The Belle Plaine standout visited the ISU campus a few weeks ago for ‘Junior Day,' and admits he came away impressed with what the Cyclones have to offer.

"I really like the indoor facility with the new turf," Spading said. "That was really impressive. Overall, everything is really nice and spaced out down there. I liked the weight training coach and weight room. Lane Danielsen was there, and it was nice to see someone willing to come back and it shows something for the program."


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